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Paeonia lactiflora 'Red Magic'

Family: Paeoniaceae
Genus: Paeonia (pay-OHN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: lactiflora (lak-tee-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Magic

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral MaryNeedsSleep On Oct 30, 2010, MaryNeedsSleep from Morgantown, WV wrote:

A commenter from Warmerdam peonies posted on another website's Peony forum that Red Magic is the same variety as Adolphe Rousseau, but was renamed with the goal of increasing sales in the U.S. and U.K., apparently because people find foreign eponyms less accessible than simple names -- and apparently it worked!

Many people describe the flowers of Red Magic as magenta or fuschia.

Negative dancingbear27 On Jun 2, 2010, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Hate to give it a plant a negative but... red magic should be at least some shade of red right?? Mine is a definite medium pink. Not even fushia or burgundy. Worst part about it is that there is absolutely NO scent!! I could live with no scent for the ultimate shade of red but for a pink peony that has no scent... boo-hiss! The only redeeming quality is that it is nice and full.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elba, New York

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